Deed to Change Name
Deed Polls have been used to change names for over 150 years. By using Deed Poll, you can officially change your name. You can change all or part of your name, add or remove names or change the spelling. You can change your name as many times as you want and for whatever reason, provided it’s not for fraudulent purposes.
There is no official register of Deed Polls unless they are “enrolled”. Enrolled Deed Polls are lodged in the Enrolment Books of the Supreme Court of Judicature, located within The Royal Courts of Justice in The Strand, London. Doing this provides a public record of a name change and the details are also published in the London Gazette.
If you are married, you will need the written consent of your husband or wife. If you are reverting to your Maiden name having divorced, you don’t need to change your name, you may just need to take your divorce papers to your bank, the passport office, your doctors etc.
How long will it take?
We would usually expect to have taken your instructions within 2 working days of you having purchased the product and would expect to have produced your documents within 7 days. Special dispatch may be available where necessary at an extra charge.
Once the Court receives the documents, they will check to make sure they are correct and will return the Deed Poll to you in an enveloped sealed with its number. The Court will forward the draft notice to the London Gazette who will publish it at their earliest convenience.
Our work for you includes:
- Change of name form (Deed Poll)
- Statutory Declaration
- Advising on notice for the London Gazette
Our work will be charged at a fixed fee of £240 inc VAT. There is an additional Court fee of £102, which is made up of:
- Court enrolment fee - £10
- Advertisement Charge - £90
- Copy of the London Gazette - £2
This price applies regardless of how much work we actually do. In some cases this may mean we’ll get relatively better paid for doing less work than in other cases, in which the fixed fee will barely cover our costs. This is simply the nature of the mutual ‘gamble’ between a solicitor and their client when they fix a fee.
More detail of all these matters will be outlined in our retainer letter which you will be able to review before you engage us, after pressing the “Buy” button on the website.
If you have any questions or require any further information, please don’t hesitate to Contact Us.